PP-2001-12: Dynamics and Pragmatics of ``Peirce's Puzzle''

PP-2001-12: Dekker, Paul (2001) Dynamics and Pragmatics of ``Peirce's Puzzle''. [Report]

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Charles Sanders Peirce (Peirce 1906) has recently regained the interest of semanticists. It has been argued that the puzzle should be analyzed by means of a dynamic or E-type analysis of non-bound pronouns. <BR>In this paper we will first argue that \puzzel, basically, doesn't have anything to do with non-bound pronouns and that, consequently, a dynamic or E-type analysis of pronouns misses the point. We next show that Peirce's own, intuitively correct, observations can be seen to follow from independently motivated principles governing the use of indefinite noun phrases. The puzzle constitutes further motivation for a perspective upon the semantics / pragmatic interface recently under development in a dynamic setting.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: PP-2001-12
Series Name: Prepublication (PP) Series
Year: 2001
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conditionals, dynamic semantics, pragmatics
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/54

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